Without a plan, few will graduate

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up somewhere else,” advised Yogi Berra.

Community college students get lost –and drop out — unless they figure out quickly where they want to go. But many start without clear goals and few get much help from advisors.

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  1. Doesn’t this go withiout saying? Without a plan, no one can accomplish *any* goal! Or, as Dave Ramsey says, “The difference between a dream and a goal is a plan.”

    • Ponderosa says:

      And yet it’s heresy to suggest that the government should make a plan for our economy. Laissez-faire all the way! (How many CEO’s promote that policy WITHIN their organizations?)

  2. Roger Sweeny says:


    Would you want George W. Bush planning your life?

  3. Ponderosa says:

    I would like a government that steers the American economy toward more and better jobs, and away from destroying the planet. It’s an article of faith in the US that governments can’t do this –all central planning is Soviet-style centralized planning–but that’s a myth. South Korea, China and Germany use government policy to strengthen their industries; and Germany has many policies designed to ensure that jobs are well-paying, dignified, and safe. Through much of American history we’ve used tariffs to establish, build and protect American industries. Do you see laissez-faire working out well for the average American? Do CEO’s think laissez-faire is a good idea when it comes to their own organizations (“Every department gets to do what it wants!)? If we as a society don’t set goals and work actively to achieve them, they won’t happen. I think it should be a goal to have tons of safe, middle-class jobs with reasonable hours, health care and pensions. This isn’t ever going to happen by just letting the CEOs do their thing.

    • I think you’re correct, but it’s a tenous balance that has to be constantly watchdogged; it can easily become a slippery slope which can lead to the government telling us all what to eat, what to buy, when to buy it, etc. However, governments should work towards “big picture” goals…

  4. BadaBing says:

    While American kids are developing sexually earlier than before, they are gaining maturity later than before. Failing to plan is planning to fail, but having the foresight and wisdom to plan comes with maturity. I know I wasn’t ready for college when I graduated from high school. I dropped out after six weeks. Four years in the Air Force fixed my maturity problem. Schools need to stop hitting kids over the head with the If-you-don’t-go-to-college-you-won’t-be-successful myth. I’ve had plenty of kids who didn’t go to college come back to see me, and most are successful as they define the term.